By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A 63-year-old man who admitted to having sexual contact with two 14-year-old girls in 2011 and 1998 was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.
Charles W. Peyton pleaded guilty in September to first-degree sexual abuse in the more recent case. He also pleaded guilty to third-degree rape in the 1998 case.
Madison Circuit Judge William G. Clouse followed the prosecutor’s recommendation and sentenced Peyton to three years on the third-degree rape count and two years on the sex abuse count.
Clouse ruled the sentences will run consecutively, for a total of five years.
Peyton’s attorney argued for probation, saying his client had complied with all the orders of the court while the case was pending.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith opposed probation.
“He’s complied with a lot of things but not with the rule that you’re not allowed to have sexual contact with 14-year-old girls,” Smith said.
Clouse denied the request, saying he did not believe Peyton was eligible for probation under Kentucky law because he pleaded guilty to sexual crimes that state statues treat the same as violent crime.
After Peyton is released from prison, he must register as a sex offender and be subject to five years of supervision. Clouse also ordered that Peyton receive sex offender treatment while he is incarcerated.
Other sentencings Thursday in Madison Circuit Court:
• Ricardo L. Esperilla, 59, first-degree sexual abuse, two years in prison. After his release, he must register as a sex offender and be under supervision for five-year. However, attorneys in the case said they did not expect Esperilla, who pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a 6-year-old child, to remain in the country after serving his sentence because of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement holder.
• Michelle Hale, 35, two counts for receiving stolen property (under $10,000) and receiving stolen property (firearm). Hale was sentenced to two and a half years in prison, but Clouse converted that to a sentence of three years of supervised probation. Hale was accused of helping a man living in her house, Dalton Mefford, sell items he stole from their neighbors. At the sentencing, one of the victimized neighbors spoke in support of giving Hale probation.
Mefford was set for sentencing Thursday but Clouse granted him a continuance until March 24 so he could complete a drug rehabilitation program.
• Regina Ann Downey, 35, theft by unlawful taking. She was sentenced to three years in prison, but Clouse converted the sentence to 90 days in jail with three years of supervised probation. She also must pay $7,400 in restitution. Downey was accused of stealing from the Lambda Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Eastern Kentucky University.
• Leslie Dawn Lark, 28, second-degree assault and second-degree wanton endangerment. Lark was sentenced to five years in prison following a felony mediation agreement. Lark pleaded guilty to causing serious physical injury to a man and his child Feb. 10 following a car wreck in Berea.
• Brandon F. Alexander, 29, second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking ($10,000 or more). Alexander was sentenced to five years on each count, to be served concurrently. Clouse converted the sentenced to 60 days in jail with the remainder of the sentence to be probated for five years under supervision. Alexander must pay $2,600 in restitution. Alexander pleaded guilty to burglarizing a home June 16 and stealing a lock box with $20,000 in it. Police recovered about $17,000.
• Matthew John Johnson, 31, second-degree possession of a forged instrument. Sentenced to three years in prison, converted to five years of supervised probation.
• Jason A. Cottingim, 33, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, sentenced to one year.
• Jason J. Dixon, 37, unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, sentenced to two years. Clouse converted the sentence to four years of supervised probation.
• John Wayne Dixon, 32, unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, sentenced to five years in prison.
• Jacqueline Coffey, 44, first-degree possession of a controlled substance and third-degree possession of a controlled substance. Coffey was sentenced to one year on the first charge and 90 days on the second, to be served concurrently. Clouse granted diversion in the case for two years, unsupervised.
• Stacy Leann Evans, 28, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree bail jumping. Evans was sentenced to one year on each charge to be served consecutively, for a total of three years. Evans was probated to Madison County Drug Court for two years.
Sarah Hogsed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 624-6694.